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2015 WJC Review: Team Canada built to win gold, does exactly that

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2015 WJC Review: Team Canada built to win gold, does exactly that

Photo: Team Canada poses for the traditional team photo following their gold medal win at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

This year’s edition of Team Canada competing at the 2015 World Junior Championship was built to dominate. And that is exactly how this collection of top juniors went about writing their script over the course of the 11-day tournament played in both Toronto and Montreal. Read more »

Norfolk Admirals’ forward trio making strides towards NHL berth

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Norfolk Admirals’ forward trio making strides towards NHL berth

Photo: Norfolk Admirals forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Chris Wagner is currently second in scoring for the Admirals with 19 points in 25 games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)

 

While Jakob Silfverberg, Devante Smith-Pelly, Rickard Rakell and Emerson Etem have all seemingly passed through the AHL and have landed in Anaheim full-time, the Ducks organization is still developing the next crop of talented forwards poised to make a name for themselves in the NHL. Read more »

The San Jose Sharks lack bite at the AHL level

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The San Jose Sharks lack bite at the AHL level

Photo: San Jose Sharks prospect Chris Tierney is playing intelligent two-way hockey for the Worcester Sharks (courtesy of John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)

 

Despite a big overhaul during the off-season and a mandate for change, the Worcester Sharks continue to struggle with the consistency and scoring issues that have plagued the organization for years.

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2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Team East rides big first period to 7-4 win

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2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Team East rides big first period to 7-4 win

Photo: The two team MVPs of the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (L) of Team West and Kevin Conley (R) of Team East, display their awards following Team East’s 7-4 win in Dubuque, IA (courtesy of the USHL)

 

There was a packed house at the Mystique Community Ice Center, home of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, for the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. As each person attending the game entered the arena, they passed two massive posters of Zemgus Girgensons and Johnny Gaudreau. Both are playing in the NHL — Girgensons for the Buffalo Sabres, Gaudreau for the Calgary Flames — after a previous stop with the Fighting Saints. Read more »

2015 WJC Review: Penalties doom Team USA yet again

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2015 WJC Review: Penalties doom Team USA yet again

Photo: Plymouth Whalers forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano was one of the more effective forwards offensively for Team USA at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

For Team USA, it was almost like 2014 all over again.

After a strong start to the 2015 World Junior Championship, the United States saw their medal hopes dashed with another disappointing fifth place finish. As in last year’s tournament, penalties proved costly to the Americans, and once again it came at the hands of Russia in the quarterfinals. Read more »

2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Preview: Three highly rated NHL Draft prospects competing in Dubuque

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2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Preview: Three highly rated NHL Draft prospects competing in Dubuque

Photo: Youngstown Phantoms forward and 2015 prospect Kyle Connor is one of the top prospect for this year’s NHL Draft taking part in the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

There’s a large sign at the entrance of the Holiday Inn in Dubuque, host city of the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, that lists the number of NHL Draft picks that have come out of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in recent years. In 2010, 22 players were selected. Last year it was 35, plus 16 alums that were drafted out of NCAA hockey. This year, 54 USHL players, plus six alums, are listed on NHL Central Scouting’s “Watch List” and have the potential to be selected this year. Read more »

HF Podcast: Kelowna Rockets bolster lineup for run to WHL championship

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HF Podcast: Kelowna Rockets bolster lineup for run to WHL championship

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl spent the first three months of the 2014-15 season with the Oilers before returning to the WHL (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

The 2015 WHL trade deadline has come and gone, leaving a trio of teams as contenders for the WHL championship and a shot at the Memorial Cup. One of those teams, the Kelowna Rockets, have added to a club that already was among the best in the league as they acquired a couple of high-profile players for their lineup. Read more »

Beyond Tomorrow: Fabbro weighing options in deciding to play NCAA or WHL hockey

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Beyond Tomorrow: Fabbro weighing options in deciding to play NCAA or WHL hockey

Photo: Penticton Vees defenseman and 2016 prospect Dante Fabbro was chosen eighth overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft by the Seattle Thunderbirds (courtesy of Cherie Morgan Photography)

 

One of the biggest draws of playing in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) is the ability to retain NCAA eligibility while still developing in one of the world’s top junior leagues. The 16-team league is based in Canada’s westernmost province with all of the teams relatively close to the US/Canada border, with the exception of Prince George. Read more »

Several prospects making their mark with the New York Islanders

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Several prospects making their mark with the New York Islanders

Photo: Forward Anders Lee has been a reliable offensive contributor for the New York Islanders this season. Lee is a former sixth round draft pick. (courtesy of Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The New York Islanders are off to a fantastic start to the 2014-15 season with a 28-13-1 record. They currently contending for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and have among the most potent offenses in the NHL.

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Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate in Norfolk struggling but prospects looking brighter

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Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate in Norfolk struggling but prospects looking brighter

Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect William Karlsson has played in both the NHL and AHL during his first North American season (courtesy of Eddie Perlas/Icon Sportswire)

 

To put it in the simplest terms, the Norfolk Admirals and some of the prospects have had a rough season so far, with December being no different. They ended the year on a down note and must find some offense if they hope to get anywhere by the time spring rolls around.

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